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Internet Related/Filtering/Firewall Thread, Windows 7 activation through a Smoothwall proxy in Technical; Nothing new pops up on the web filter log as I try to activate it, so I'm not sure it ...
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    Nothing new pops up on the web filter log as I try to activate it, so I'm not sure it would tell you much really >.<

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    Well, it tells us that the traffic might not even be hitting your SmoothWall.

    Do you fancy running a tcpdump for extra fun?

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    I've attached the results when I try to activate. I'm 10.10.0.184
    Attached Files Attached Files

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    Thanks paul_1989. Comparing your dump with my own from the other day I've found the problem. The activation process accesses 'go.microsoft.com' first and then gets bounced with a 302 to activation.sls.microsoft.com

    So, we also need to include go.microsoft.com to the auth exclusions and make sure it is allowed. Hopefully that is the last one :-)

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    I have go.microsoft.com in the auth exclusions but what do you mean by make sure it's allowed?

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    Once you setup the auth. exclusion it will treat any access to those domains as "Unuathenticated IPs". Because there is no way to tell who is behind the request once we skip authentication.

    You will generally have the "Unauthenticated IPs" group blocked from the internet, or using a quite restricted policy. The next step is to create an 'Allow' rule so that unauthenticated clients can get to the excluded domains.

    Based on this thread, the relevant domains for Win7 activation are:
    activation.sls.microsoft.com
    go.microsoft.com


    (In addition to any others already configured for windows/office updates etc.)

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    linkazoid (15th March 2010), MartinT (9th June 2010), paul_1989 (26th February 2010)

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    Thank you! I'm no longer "a victim of software counterfeiting" haha.
    Had those 2 in the do not require authentication box all along, but with unauthenticated users disallowed access.

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    Thank you for this. I have been puzzling over how to get Windows Activation and Updates to work properly through our Smoothwall/Smoothguardian setup and this technique works perfectly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tom_newton View Post
    Ooh, ooh... are you sure activation is using a proxy? does the "proxycfg" command still exist in win7? Sometimes various windows components don't use the proxy as set in IE.
    You can use this nowadays..
    open elevated CMD
    netsh
    winhttp
    import proxy source=ie (will copy ie settings)

    to remove, it's just
    reset proxy (Instead of import proxy)

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    Quote Originally Posted by tom_newton View Post
    Have you stuck their domains in "do not auth for"? That might help.
    Sorry to bump a really old thread, but we are having this same issue with our new Smoothwall but I can't seem to find the "Do not Auth for" settings?

    Can someone kindly point me in the right direction?

    Cheers,
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